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Old 2009-07-06, 22:12 PM   #1
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Clam Shell

I have seen the term Clam Shell used a number of times in threads here about wagons. What does this term refer to?

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Old 2009-07-06, 22:36 PM   #2
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I believe "clamshell" refers to a design in which the tailgate disappears in the floor, and the glass disappears into the roof. My grandfather used to have one of them:
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Old 2009-07-07, 09:04 AM   #3
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I believe "clamshell" refers to a design in which the tailgate disappears in the floor, and the glass disappears into the roof. My grandfather used to have one of them: YouTube - 1972 Buick Estate Wagon
Here I thought is was a tight-lipped ex-wife or a cheap banker!
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Old 2009-07-11, 11:11 AM   #4
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Hahaha, Stormin', that's funny! (Coming from a former banker)

I'm not sure of the origin of the "clamshell" term, but GM originally referred to their full size wagons' tailgate design (1971 to 1976) as "Glide-Away" in their advertisements.
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Old 2009-07-11, 14:48 PM   #5
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Hahaha, Stormin', that's funny! (Coming from a former banker)

I'm not sure of the origin of the "clamshell" term, but GM originally referred to their full size wagons' tailgate design (1971 to 1976) as "Glide-Away" in their advertisements.
Yeah, well you can't get either one to open the purse strings!
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It's a shame the 91 thru 96 GM wagons didn't have this feature, what a great idea!

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I believe "clamshell" refers to a design in which the tailgate disappears in the floor, and the glass disappears into the roof. My grandfather used to have one of them: YouTube - 1972 Buick Estate Wagon
Such a COOL design, I can't remember when I last saw one of these in action. Bummer that they have become victims of the Demolition derby scene.
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Old 2009-07-13, 13:54 PM   #8
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Such a COOL design, I can't remember when I last saw one of these in action. Bummer that they have become victims of the Demolition derby scene.
I had gone to a durby a few weeks ago to pick up some parts for my '78 (made some contacts from durby guys).

There where two clamshells in the durby. One got clocked in the first round and the other never went in. I asked the owners where they got the clams......both where from Texas.

A little piece of me died when I heard that. So I went up to the 'uncrashed" clam, no frame or body rot, looked to be a solid car, and it was a Buick. He claimed to pay $1,200 for it.


I also like the 70s Lincoln Mark series (4 & 5), there where a few of them. It made me sick to my stomach to see them there. My first Lincoln was a '75 Mark 4, looked like one off the TV show "Cannon".
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Old 2009-07-15, 01:59 AM   #9
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Yeah, my '72 Caprice wagon has the clamshell style gate, but I need to do some work on the window motor or switch. The window will open (raise) under power, but it wont close under power. I have to close it manually. Neat design, but they are prone to problems and weather stripping for the gate is almost impossible to locate.

Some "clamshell" wagons have power gate as well... the power window was standard on all, but the gate was manual as standard. Power was optional on the gate. Mine has the manual gate.




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Old 2009-07-15, 16:47 PM   #10
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Kingswood, I love your wagon! So clean and beautiful. 72 is one of my favorite years of Chevrolet and my favorite for Chevy clamshells.
Just wondering, have you lubricated the tracks of your power window?
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